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Are you a stat junkie? If so, you may be in trouble when you get your new podcast online. Today we talk about why podcast statistics are so important, yet we warn that they can be addictive and skew your reasons for podcasting.

We talk all about why tracking your file download and subscription stats can create a two-way conversation between you and your listeners. You can find out what topics they want/need to hear about and get some ideas about which episodes "worked" and which didn't. We also talk about more direct feedback: email, voicemail and more. Staying in touch with your listeners is crucial, and web stats and user feedback are essential pieces to that puzzle.

But, before all that, we talk about a new drupal module and ask the big question: Is podcasting dying?

Feedburner stats averager

Hey, guys. Great episode. Here's a useful tool for measuring subscribers: http://oneminutehowto.com/FeedburnerStats.asp

Since subscriber numbers tend to fluctuate greatly from day to day, this averages them out to see overall trends. To use it, you must have "Awareness" turned on in Feedburner. If you want to be private, you can always turn it on, go to the site, then turn it off again.

Pastor Dale
Cohost, CrossFeed Religious News Podcast
http://www.crossfeednews.com

You forgot Podtrac

The best (IMO) additional stats measurer is http://www.podtrac.com which measures downloads better than Feedburner. The two are complimentary. I like the chart that shows what country listeners are from.

Also, I've found that, if you have both an enhanced and an mp3 feed, a lot of iTunes listeners will still get the mp3 feed. I don't understand why, and it drives me crazy.

Dale
Cohost, CrossFeed Religious News Podcast
http://www.crossfeednews.com

oops

You're right. We'll have to add that to the next episode. Good call. Thanks.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

China Blocking

How annoying! You guys mentioned that China is blocking Feedburner now, and on checking my stats, you're right. My sermon podcast had a bunch of listeners in China until early September, and which point it just stopped altogether.

That's too bad. Even though our church domain and crossfeednews.com domain were being blocked, the podcast was still getting through because of the Feedburner and Podtrac redirects, but it looks like China closed that hole. Looks like GeeksandGod.com is blocked, too. In fact, Podbean.com, libsyn.com, and podshow.com and a bunch of other podcast sites are all blocked. Looks like podcasting in China is dead, stomped down by the government.

If anyone's going there for the Olympics, take some CD's with Christian podcasts along with you and distribute them!

Dale
Cohost, CrossFeed Religious News Podcast
http://www.crossfeednews.com

podcasts dying

I dont think they are dying but all new technology take a while to catch on. there is a big first wave and then that fades and then it slowly grows after that. like with the web I think the podcast bubble may have burst but it is still going to grow in the future. There is a lot of future in podcasting but we just have to wait.

Also I think your podcast died... the audio file is messed up.

Podcast Dead?

Anyone else having problems? I tried to grab it and it seems fine. Can you try again, Dave?

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

my bad

my bad, for some reason my computer is playing all audio 4x slow... time to restart ;-)

Background PNG fix?

Matt spoke of a PNG fix for background images in CSS. Is this ready yet?

Not Quite

It's not quite ready. Life got in the way.

I'll go work on it tonight. The concept is down. It's just a matter of a good implementation.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Keep us informed

No worries. I appreciate you doing this and thank you in advance for it. Looking forward to it.

podcasting and feedback systems

Funnily enough, the idea of "Podcasting is dead" was discussed in this week's Podcasting Underground: episode 29. There are some interesting points about how to use podcasting in there.

There are at least a couple of flash based audio feedback recording systems already:
MyChingo (but there is a fee for that, and there is a message saying "MyChingo.com will soon be replaced by MobaTalk.com" at the top of the page, so I'm not sure if this will actually be around for much longer anyway).

and

Actually, if you sign up for an Odeo account, you get an audio feedback page at "http://odeo.com/sendmeamessage/NameOfYourAccount", for example http://odeo.com/sendmeamessage/KingsChurchSermons for my church's sermons, the King's Church Portsmouth Sermons.

10 sec podcast

So I hopped in the car today, turned on my iPod and started to listen to the podcast, but there was only 10 seconds of it.
The good news is that I really liked the new EQ setup of the first 10 seconds! Doesn't look like anyone else that commented has had the same problem. So I deleted the episode from iTunes and hit update and it didn't come back. Any suggestions?

Something strange....

Yeah, I think something strange is going on, but I'm not sure what. On last week's podcast, I only had 10 minutes of it on my iPod when I went to listen, but no one else mentioned anything.

This week we're moving to a dedicated server, off of our shared one...I have a feeling this may be happening because of the server timing out or something...our host has been experiencing that lately. We'll wait until after the move and see if it still persists.

Sorry for the problem....I'd try one more time and see if you can grab it.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Moved to Dedicated

We are now on the dedicated server. I'd be interested to know of future problems. The moved happened last night... on US time.

This could have been something weird with timing out.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Still with media temple?

You were previously hosting with media temple. Are you still with them but on a dedicated server? Have you switched to another provider?
Just curious since I use media temple as well.

Media Temple dv

We moved to the base media temple dv account. It's a good bang for your buck account.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

asterisk audio feedback?

I don't know if it would be able to provide audio feedback directly, but the Lullabot podcast recently featured Chad Phillips, who talked about how Asterisk can interact with Drupal:

http://www.lullabot.com/audiocast/podcast-49-chad-...

Maybe there would be some way to have people call in their comments with their cell phone.